Questions tagged [mistakes]

For questions involving mistakes that happen at the workplace, and to deal with the fallout or to recover from them.

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Potential miscommunication by recruiter cost me the job? What are my options?

I have a potential case of miscommunication by a recruiter which may have cost me my job offer. Though it also may be in part due to my stance. I applied for a job at a much larger company at x salary ...
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Made a bad code change that introduced a bug into our system. How do I rebound?

I made a code change (pull request (PR)) about six months ago that introduced a bug into our system. It ended up really causing a lot of issues and just recently it was brought to my attention. I ...
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Accidentally used the word “f’ed” in an email to customer [closed]

I work as a programmer in a company and we process multiple documents on daily basis. I was working on one such document and had to reject it since the due date was in past. In my head i was saying “...
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Could producing a grave bug that made headlines make you unemployable? [closed]

Does producing such a grave bug like Log4Shell make you effectively unemployable? The people involved have committed under their real names and, taking into account how prominent the bug is, it's easy ...
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Coworker made a big mistake with no bad consequences should I tell the boss?

A coworker accidently threw away a check from a customer of pretty significant value ~$10,000 and I was able to find it in trash before they took it out. I think it was accidental and no malicious ...
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How do you get over feeling like you're constantly making mistakes?

I graduated college in December and in March I was hired for my first professional job, as a Project Coordinator at a company that builds commercial kitchens in Arizona. By all accounts, I'm doing ...
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I accidentally told an offensive joke at my boss's expense in a team meeting, how do I apologise?

During a recent Zoom team meeting, we were playing a team bonding game where everyone would share a picture of themselves re-creating a favourite movie scene. Everyone was having a good natured laugh. ...
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How do I tell my boss I've accidentally been working halftime on the wrong project for the past year?

I am a QA tester, and started with my company almost a year ago. On my second day, I got invited to a meeting to discuss a project (let's call it Project A) that was just getting started. I am the ...
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I made mistakes during a project, which has resulted in the client denying payment to my company

To give some background, I have been working in India for a company for the past four and a half years, mainly in core development (Java, JSP, and C#). At the start of 2020, I was assigned to a ...
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Should I leave my current job?

I make a minor mistake, something very minuscule, a few times a day like a typo/template error etc. However, every few weeks or so, I make a mistake where my boss may need to confront me after ...
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Is it common to make mistakes often at work?

I’ve been at my current job for almost two years. And it’s my first time in the field, while I have a general understanding of what the job entails, things happen and some things can fall through the ...
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How to professionally acknowledge to a client that a former coworker made a mistake in production?

I work at a tech consulting company in the US and I recently took over a project from a coworker (Bob) who got laid off. (He was mainly let go because of covid, but he wasn't the easiest to work with ...
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Concerned about not seeing my programming language in my new job

So I started a new job and so far I am seeing Java programming for developing REST APIs, but I haven't seen any JavaScript yet, which is what I was hired for. I looked at the initial email I got from ...
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I am the sole statistician in my group, and I am scared of making mistakes

I am fresh grad statistician and I am working in the agronomy industry (first time working with this kind of data), I am doing the best the best in my knowledge to produce analysis within the given ...
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I've not performed well in my first year as technical director. What should I do next?

Summary: I've been the technical director of a project. It finished well, but I made some mistakes that I don't know I can fix easily. This also ruined my manager's trust in me. Should I go back to a ...
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Made a mistake at work. Proper tools can prevent it again but there is some obstruction

So I made a mistake at work not being thorough enough. It's my fault and I accept it. Where I'm taking offence is that this mistake could have been preventing with basic tooling. And by basic I mean ...
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Ignoring a joke taken wrongly

Recently I was around a couple co-workers and made a joke. They took it as a joke, but took it as it having a sexual angle which I didn't mean at all. In fact, in my mind it was a huge stretch to take ...
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How should I handle multiple mistakes without losing credibility?

In short: I've made multiple mistakes in a calculation software within a year. These mistakes caused no harm whatsoever, but I'm afraid that I will lose credibility if I approach this the wrong way. I ...
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Interviewer wrongly called and accepted me, then really accepted me

I am a backend developer with good history, knowing little about front-end. In previous weeks I wanted to switch my job. I took 3 days off, and arranged 5 or 6 interviews in those days. Interviews ...
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Dropping out from an interview for a job you don't want

Once upon a time, a temp agency sent me on a job interview. There was a miscommunication (perhaps a mental glitch on my part) about the nature of the client's business. As soon as I became aware of ...
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Lied on my resume about some dates and don't know how to fix it [closed]

I have been working at a new job for a couple days now but I got an email about a blip in my screening. they are asking for proof I worked a certain time at my old job. I wrote on my resume that I ...
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How to navigate an embarrassing mistake I created and recover?

asking for a friend As part of a small project I wrote some code some months ago. The code passed my tests, code review, UAT by business analysts and everything was fine. When the time came for me ...
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Colleague cannot put down her phone... even while teaching!

A colleague cannot put down her phone, not for a moment. She's a lecturer in English. Today I came into one of her classes, and she was holding her phone in front of her face with one hand while ...
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Should I alert my previous employer to errors I made during an internship?

I finished my very first proper internship at an engineering company (HVAC industry) a couple of months ago. I worked in sales support for the sales engineers and filled out project equipment ...
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Should I reveal my mistake after project delivery? [duplicate]

I was working on a project, as assigned by my manager. It was completed, reviewed and delivered, and is now under maintenance. While I was searching through code (for a different purpose) I realized ...
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How can I regain a professional atmosphere with someone who may have seen me misbehave? [closed]

I believe a female colleague saw me masturbating at work. I was in my office after hours with the door locked and blinds down, but I'm afraid the blinds had a crack. I am not an exhibitionist, and ...
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Bonus error in my favor [closed]

I'm working in Europe for a big multinational company. I was promoted last year, with an increase on my base salary and bonus. I recently received my bonus for last year. However my company just told ...
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Self-employed and messed up a client's brochure, should I still bill them?

I have been self-employed for 2 years and most of my work is in web development/general IT. I mostly work for small businesses and sometimes they need extra things like graphic design. Often my ...
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Should I make it up to my manager for making him buy something I didn't need?

I just started a new job and asked my boss to order me a USB hub about a week ago (they will order stuff you need for work). A couple days later I discovered that the monitors have built in USB plugs. ...
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How to cope with and mitigate contractor screwups? [closed]

I sometimes manage construction projects and one of the big ongoing problems is how to deal with a mistake by a contractor or subcontractor. For example, in one case I had a piece of equipment ...
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Should I own up my own mistake in public?

I am working as a software qualify assurance engineer and partially due to my work, a bug managed to get to our production code. Our customer service team has reported back this issue to us on Slack. ...
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Is a coworker rightfully annoyed by my typo?

I recently got chastised in an e-mail because I pasted the wrong number. She asked me for the ID number of a test run that I submitted to a server. To view details about a test run, you have to run a ...
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How do I make amends and go about apologizing to former manager(s) after being dismissed for gross misconduct?

I was fired for gross misconduct , and want to apologize to my former mangers as I didn't see them at all during my last days at the company. Should i ring/message them to ask to meet face to face to ...
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Am I being overly critical and unfair to my coworker or is she being entitled?

About a year ago my boss was fired, and I was put in his place as a new manager. Our team was already understaffed, so I ended up doing several jobs, including team lead, project lead and PM for a big ...
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Made a mistake that really annoyed a coworker. Should I attempt to explain myself or just leave it be?

I had an issue that I needed a DBA's help with. I went to my go-to DBA (DBA#1), since he's usually been friendly and receptive to my questions. He gave me his recommendation, and I logged a ticket for ...
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How to overcome lunch-break embarrassing incident? [closed]

I was sitting on a table in the lunch room when I started coughing, which to my utter embarrassment resulted in a disgusting sound. Unfortunately, there were other colleagues having lunch near me, who ...
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Forgot to mention subject in my letter, what should I do? [closed]

I forgot to specify subject for my letter. I already apply macros for my Outlook so I will not do this again. Is there something I should do for this sent email?
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Should I withdraw my job application after discovering an unacceptable mistake?

My girlfriend submitted a job application to a big international organization based in the EU. After sending in the final application, she realized she made a shameful mistake in the name of the ...
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I started a new job, and I hate it. Should I ask to be moved?

I'm a little lost and looking for help. I recently started a new position within my organization and I am really uncomfortable. Luckily, I work for a company that allows folks in a certain program (...
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I made a mistake in signing a birthday card

My coworker who is my mentor and we have a very formal relationship just gave me his birthday card to sign and left. I signed it whilst wishing a happy birthday to the wrong person. I then, instead of ...
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Made mistake by doing independent contracting, how soon can I go back to old job?

I recently left my job at Company A where I was working on separate contracts to Companies B and C. Now I'm an independent subcontractor to Company B. I left because I wanted to work less hours, work ...
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How to handle a boss that I believe is non-maliciously setting me up for failure?

I have been working with a company for about 6 months, with the job title of software engineer/support specialist. So far, I have done very little software work, but that was initially expected. The ...
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Accidentally upset coworker, how to mend this situation?

Backstory I've been working at this office for about 3 months now and everything seems to be going smooth. During our company's time allocated for sports while we were standing with ~12 people on the ...
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Senior developer and design review feedback [closed]

I've been working in the software industry for around 7 years with above average skills. I have worked on many smaller projects, contributing at every layer end to end. I was asked to work on the low ...
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Mistake in years of work in resume [duplicate]

I have made a mistake in my resume. I have worked in one company on different positions. I have written in the resume wrong years for two consequent positions, but not the latest one within the ...
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Lost important office documents. How to properly handle the situation?

I found out that some important office documents have gone missing from my custody. I am responsible for the lost documents. What should I do in this situation?
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Is using internet proxies a sackable offence? [closed]

I'm based in the UK and am about six months into my first job as an Apprentice Software Dev, and came straight into it from college. All through high school and college we would easily bypass the ...
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How should I rectify wrong information on my resume, when I already received the offer?

I received an offer from a company via a competitive coding contest. The information that was conveyed through my resume was slightly wrong by mistake. Instead of having an overall experience of 3.5 ...
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Gross misconduct and being a scapegoat [closed]

Context: In employment for a small London based software engineering company (3 employees including me) for 18 months now. No previous warnings or grievances or disciplinary procedures. I was due ...
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How do I get past a stupid mistake I made at company event?

I've made a stupid mistake at a company event (nothing to do with work, but the whole crew was there). Here's what I did: I've decided to stream an event using a live stream from the Internet and a ...
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